The Carers Summit, organised by Carers UK, will see some 250 carers from throughout the UK .....
Lets take a calm step back and look through the hype. This was supposed to be the biggest event ever organised by Carers UK, yet was attended by a mere 250 carers in the stage managed corporate surroundings of Canary Wharf. Big deal.
I help organise two or three carers events in the West of Scotland each year, - see http://www.downswest.org.uk
- and usually reckon on at least 200 folk turning up. We always provide a decent lunch, and its also free. I don't get paid, it takes a few evenings work to stuff the envelopes and sort out the venue and catering. Yet for some reason Carers UK staff think this is some kind of mega undertaking. It isn't. It's easy. And as usual, most of the folk attending were Londoners, unless I am sadly mistaken.
I would be MUCH more impressed if the event was organised to attract 1,000+ carers and if it was moved around the UK rather than being set up in Carers UK London HQ backyard every year as a nice public relations event. If Carers UK is a truly UK organisation, then it should move the AGM around the UK. Hate to be negative, but I sense a serious lack of ambition here: it's easy to catch the low hanging fruit, but why not take a few risks next year and aim higher?